It’s been a while since I wrote my last blog. I am sure all my readers understand the balance of life, work, family, and college. Friday was the homecoming ceremony for one of the greatest evangelists in my lifetime. I was not even born when most of his tent revival crusades were going on, but to say he made a worldwide impact preaching the gospel would be an understatement. Reverend Billy Graham did what each one of us is challenged to do based on numerous biblical references
Mark 16:15 (NIV) | He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
Psalms 96:3 (NIV) | Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) | Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
We attended The Crabb Family Lost & Found Tour at Fayetteville Community Church last Friday night and two songs in particular spoke to my heart and really got me wondering. The power of music can really make you vulnerable in many ways as long as you are willing to receive and acknowledge the lyrics. Kim challenged me many years ago to really listen to the lyrics for songs that I would sing along too on the radio.
I could sing almost every word of certain songs, but I never really slowed down enough to listen to what was actually being said. As I listened to the chorus for “Please Come Down To Me,” it really forced my mind into overdrive.
I’m too unworthy Lord, to come to you; Could you please come down to me?
So many times in my life I have struggled to acknowledge sin as we all have our ways of dealing with it. Sin does not discriminate based on wealth, social status, professional titles, or political affiliations. None of us are immune from it and no amount of coverup can hide what is truly happening in your heart. I began to think of all of those in positions of authority, those in a celebrity status, and the working class that battle their own demons each and every day, but are afraid to publicly acknowledge it.
I venture to say that living a Christian life can be much more challenging than living a life not knowing Jesus Christ. You will be attacked regularly and tested on how you deal with these confrontations, especially when you are at your weakest or when you have unfastened the armor of God.
The world in itself can place many obstacles in your way as you traverse this journey called life. Equally important is admitting the difficulties of following Christ and acknowledging when we mistakenly try to compensate for God by presenting our faith to be easier than it is. We all sin and we all make mistakes and we need to stop presenting to the world that we have it all together.
Lies, disparities, judgment, morality, failures, insecurities, and mistakes are all still part of what we will encounter. In another great gospel song entitled “Through the Fire,” it says
He never promised that the cross would not get heavy and the hill would not be hard to climb.
He never offered a victory without fighting. He said help would always come in time.
Just remember when you’re standing in the valley of decision and the adversary says give in, Just hold on. Our Lord will show up and He will take you through the fire again.
The reality is that we all deal with our own “stuff,” but the one thing we know as Christians is the acceptance that the life we chose commands change. It means turning away from an old lifestyle where things come easy and saying no to those natural tendencies you faced before surrendering yourself to Him.
It means being tough by raising your moral and ethical standards as He commands us to do in His scripture. It means defending our faith in a world that is contradicting, confusing, and conflicted. It means softening your heart to be able to hold yourself accountable when you need too.
It means that you will live a life of faith, most times even blindly. It means there will be sacrifices during contentious situations. It means accepting when we are wrong and gracefully getting down on our knees repenting for our own wrongdoing while asking for forgiveness.
It means acknowledging our imperfections with the understanding that we were never promised perfection. It means ridding yourself of old friends and freeing yourself of relationships that are not spiritually healthy. It means you will accept the greatest commandment by loving God.
It means you will no longer put your faith in man, but you will put your faith in Jesus Christ by accepting a personal relationship with Him. It means you will choose to focus on the scripture, devotionals, prayer, and praise. It means you will be convicted by the Holy Spirit for sinful ways bringing you to a place of repentance.
When you accept all this, you should expect your life to change. You also accept salvation escaping the righteous judgment of God choosing to have eternal life in lieu of eternal hell. You gain the eternal prize and endless benefits of His blessings every day. You are forgiven of your iniquities. Your life is redeemed from past destruction. You are forgiven of sin by a merciful and gracious Father. You will be washed and cleansed by the blood. You will be taught and directed and promised eternal glory.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, vulnerable, unworthy, or broken; all you have to do is ask and He will come down to you.
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